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Red-tailed Hawks Building & Refurbishing Nests

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Red-tailed Hawks are on eggs, or soon will be.  Whether their nest is in the canopy, on a building ledge, transmission tower or elsewhere, it usually has a commanding view of the surrounding area and unobstructed access from above.

Both members of a pair share in nest site selection, which is often in mixed woods adjacent to open fields. They build their nest together, working most diligently in the morning, and construction is completed within four to seven days. If a nest is re-used, which it often is, it is refurbished with sticks and greenery. Red-tails are very wary during this nest-preparation period and may discontinue nest-building if humans are detected, so should you come upon a nest during this stage, best to remove yourself quickly.

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2 responses

  1. Alice Pratt

    Birds’ nests are so fascinating! I love how some re-use/re-cycle materials, like fur, horsehair.

    March 16, 2017 at 8:58 am

  2. It should also be noted that the male will often work on multiple nests subject to approval by the female. And she may not like any of his nests and go off and find a location (and that’s the really important part) that she likes best. The male will follow.

    March 16, 2017 at 9:05 am

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